In business there are decisions made that are based on profits, and decisions based on doing the right thing.
In my 30 years in the business world, I can say that more profitable companies can make more decisions based on doing the right thing, while unprofitable companies have to make most if not all decisions solely based on financials.
My point is that Tiderace made a profit based decision to outsource, which may have offered, and probably did, other benefits. There's nothing wrong with that.
But some people want to pretend that profit was not the driver, and that IMHO is disingenuous.
So is getting defensive when asked where the product is made. If someone is proud of their product, why treat where it is made like a dirty little secret?
And then there are these outrageous superior quality claims. I'm sure they want to make a quality product, and chose a manufacturer accordingly.
You have some great boats, and far more experience than I do on these things ... maybe I'm wrong, but my POV is that, baring occasional defects or problems that can pop up, there are a more than a few companies out there making top quality boats. I can't imagine a discussion about which boat better built, my Valley vs. a few others in your stable, as being much more than largely subjective and splitting of hairs.
As I see it, Tiderace should strive to be considered in the same class, from a build quality perspective, by the general paddling public as Valley, as P&H, etc.
With the exception of the most recent post today by their owner, these guys have been spinning a bit of a yarn. I hope this signals a change.
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